Total Time
55mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins

From the Sneaky Chef cookbook by Missy Chase Lapine. She says this is a nutritionally enhanced version of her stepmother's delicious recipe from Finland.

Ingredients Nutrition

My Take on Sneaky Orange Puree and or Sneaky Chef Make-Ahead White Puree)">

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F.
  2. Butter a 9" square baking pan.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook according to the package directions, until firm and slightly undercooked(8-10 minutes). Drain and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the milk with the oange puree and salt.(and white puree if using-if using both use 1/4 cup each). Put half the macaroni into the baking pan and top with half colby(or cheddar) cheese.
  5. Next, layer with the rest of the macaroni, then pour the milk mixture over the top, finishing with the last of the cheese on top.
  6. If using Crunchy Topping Variation, use a rolling pin to gently crush cereal in a sealed plastic bag. Or, you can quickly pulse the cereal in a food processor. Add wheat germ and Parmesan to the bag and shake to mix.
  7. Sprinkle crumb mixture on top of macaroni and cheese and dot with butter.
  8. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.
Most Helpful

5 5

This is one of the few times that I wasn't making a mac & cheese casserole for a neighbor couple ~ This one was just for the 2 of us! Really enjoyed the inclusion of your 'orange puree' here, as it really adds a great touch! Even included the crunchy topping for a very memorable mac & cheese! Needless to say, it's a keeper! [Made & reviewed for this month's VIP in the Vegetarian/Vegan Recipe Swap 20]